Category Archives: Survival

What would be under water if the ice caps melted?

What would the Earth look like if sea level were 216 feet higher than today? Here are some maps of that scenario. As you can see, there is still plenty of land. Using the ice volume figures from above it is straightforward to estimate the effect on sea level were all this ice melted. Melting… Read More »

A hunk of sea ice bigger than India has vanished

Sea ice off the coast of Antarctica and the Arctic hit record lows in November, and scientists are now reporting that, as of December 4, we’ve lost 3.76 million square kilometres of the stuff – more than the total area of India. As startling as that is, at this point, we shouldn’t really be surprised… Read More »

Mystery: Outbreaks of tornadoes in the USA getting worse

If you’re lucky, you and your family won’t ever be seriously threatened by a tornado – but if the worst happens, chances are that tornado probably didn’t come alone. Tornado outbreaks – mega-storms in which a cluster of six or more tornadoes occur in close succession – are responsible for nearly 80 percent of tornado-related… Read More »

Cheap World War I antisceptc may save your life

Acriflavine, an antiseptic used in WWI hospitals could be the key to fighting antibiotic resistance – one of the current biggest threats to global health. Seven decades ago this simple antiseptic made from coal tar was replaced by penicillin after the war. It fights both viral and bacterial infections in an entirely different way – one… Read More »

Oldest living person at 117 is last born in 1800s 

Emma Morano, thought to be the world’s current oldest living person and the last to be born in the 1800s, is seen during her 117th birthday. Morano lives alone and has outlived all her eight brothers and sisters, including one who died at 102. She has thrived despite an unorthodox, unbalanced diet. “When I first… Read More »

Survival using artificial glaciers

… Scientist, engineer and teacher Sonam Wangchuk, born in the northern, arid highland region of Ladakh located in India, is proposing the building of “artificial glacial ice towers” that will help locals adapt to these unpredictable changes brought on by a warming climate. Built using vertically placed pipes that shoot out glacial meltwater during the… Read More »

Fighting superbug bacteria with other bacteria

Want to save 10 million people? Find a solution to superbugs. … If things keep going as they are, antibiotic-resistant superbugs are expected to kill 10 million people by 2050, and so far, we have no solution. But researchers have found that we could actually fight fire with fire – a predatory bacterium has been… Read More »

US phones to lock out drivers

Too many people are still using apps while driving. Phone manufacturers are always looking for new features to build into their devices. According to a report from the New York Times, the federal government has a suggestion: a “driver mode” that prevents the phone from being a distraction. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration put… Read More »

Thunderstorm Asthma is real, and a killer

You’d think that rain cleans the air, but not always. Two Australians have died and more than 2,000 others experienced breathing difficulties after a rare outbreak of ‘thunderstorm asthma’ on Monday – a phenomenon where weather changes brought on by storms can trigger widespread asthma attacks and breathing problems. The condition is incredibly rare, but… Read More »

Tourists escape death by bear

From the way most of the tourists in this video barely can be bothered to even walk fast, they must have no idea how lucky they are to be alive. Is this how you’d move to save your life? http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/watch-tourists-run-bears-yellowstone-national-park-n356516 The one mother bear in this video could end 6 or 7 tourists without breaking… Read More »

Congress Passes Bill Which Grants “Unlimited Access to Communications of American”

According to Congressman Justin Amash, Congress just passed a bill which grants the government and law enforcement “unlimited access to the communications of every American”. When the Michigan lawmaker discovered that the Intelligence Authorization Act for FY 2015 had been amended with a provision that authorizes “the acquisition, retention, and dissemination” of all communications data… Read More »

Patients being disappeared from hospitals in US?

A Missouri medical professional disclosed on today’s episode of the Alex Jones Show that doctors he’s friends with at other hospitals have seen patients exhibiting … symptoms, such as extreme hemorrhagic bleeding, and that those patients were promptly ushered away to “God knows where.” … Dr. James Lawrenzi, who holds a medical degree in Medicine… Read More »

Monkeys killed by Airborne Ebola

Ebola can spread by air in cold, dry weather common to the U.S. but not West Africa, presenting a “possible, serious threat” to the public, according to two studies by U.S. Army scientists. After successfully exposing monkeys to airborne Ebola, which “caused a rapidly fatal disease in 4-5 days,” scientists with the U.S. Army Medical… Read More »

Ebola virus outbreak, epidemic is out of control

The deadly Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa has hit “unprecedented” proportions, according to relief workers on the ground. “The epidemic is out of control,” Dr. Bart Janssens, director of operations for Doctors Without Borders, said in a statement. There have been 567 cases and 350 deaths since the epidemic began in March, according to… Read More »

Earth raises a plasma shield to battle solar storms

Earth can raise shields to protect itself against solar storms. For the first time, satellites and ground-based detectors have watched as the planet sends out a tendril of plasma to fight off blasts of charged solar matter. The discovery confirms a long-standing theory about Earth’s magnetic surroundings and offers us a way to keep track… Read More »

Fukushima cleanup brainstorming

http://www.fukushima-blog.com/article-the-geology-of-fukushima-88575278.html Fukushima. Everyone should be working in some way to fix this deadly problem, and I don’t mean just sending money to relief workers , although that’s nice. There are three different big problems at Fukushima: missing reactor cores, waste water, and fuel rods. Any one of these is a global threat that requires a… Read More »

Japanese government seeks approval to dump Fukushima groundwater into sea

The government on Monday sought approval of a nationwide fisheries federation to dump groundwater at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex into the sea on condition that the water’s contamination level is far below the legal limit. During talks with the head of the National Federation of Fisheries Co-operative Associations, industry ministry officials explained that… Read More »

Texas Skydiver Falls 3,000ft And Survives

A 16-year-old girl from Texas has survived a fall of more than 3,000ft in a skydiving accident in Oklahoma. Makenzie Wethington is in good condition, despite multiple injuries, including to her liver, pelvis lumbar spine in her lower back, shoulder blade and several ribs, trauma surgeon Jeffrey Bender said. “I don’t know the particulars of… Read More »

Severe Drought Has U.S. West Fearing Worst

The punishing drought that has swept California is now threatening the state’s drinking water supply. With no sign of rain, 17 rural communities providing water to 40,000 people are in danger of running out within 60 to 120 days. State officials said that the number was likely to rise in the months ahead after the… Read More »

Drinking water from air humidity

Not a plant to be seen, the desert ground is too dry. But the air contains water, and research scientists have found a way of obtaining drinking water from air humidity. The system is based completely on renewable energy and is therefore autonomous. Cracks permeate the dried-out desert ground, the landscape bears testimony to the… Read More »

Bill Gates predicts an end to poverty in 20 years

[Billionaire Bill Gates] writes: ‘I am optimistic enough about this that I am willing to make a prediction. ‘By 2035, there will be almost no poor countries left in the world. (I mean by our current definition of poor.) ‘Almost all countries will be what we now call lower-middle income or richer.’ Gates said around… Read More »

Surprising diversity in aging revealed in nature

For several species mortality increases with age — as expected by evolutionary scientists. This pattern is seen in most mammal species including humans and killer whales, but also in invertebrates like water fleas. However, other species experience a decrease in mortality as they age, and in some cases mortality drops all the way up to… Read More »

Vast Freshwater Reserves Discovered Under Ocean Floor

Massive reserves of “freshwater” are buried beneath the seabed on continental shelves around the world, including off Australia, China, North America and South Africa.This is the conclusion of a new study by a team of Australian scientists that appears in this week’s issue of the journal, Nature.Based on an analysis of seafloor water studies conducted… Read More »

Scientists isolate new human pluripotent stem cells

One of the obstacles to employing human embryonic stem cells for medical use lies in their very promise: They are born to rapidly differentiate into other cell types. Until now, scientists have not been able to efficiently keep embryonic stem cells in their pristine stem state. The alternative that has been proposed to embryonic stem… Read More »

The UN vs the Asteroids

… The UN voted last week to adopt a proposal from the Association of Space Explorers (ASE) to form an “International Asteroid Warning Group” to defend the planet from asteroids, Scientific American first reported. Member states will use the group to share information on Near Earth Objects (NEOs) and pull together a response to a… Read More »

Fukushima: the Employment disaster

Tetsuya Hayashi went to Fukushima to take a job at ground zero of the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl. He lasted less than two weeks. Hayashi, 41, says he was recruited for a job monitoring the radiation exposure of workers leaving the plant in the summer of 2012. Instead, when he turned up for work,… Read More »

Hunter, 72, survives 19 days in snowy California wilderness

A 72-year-old California deer hunter was recovering Monday after surviving on squirrels and packing leaves around him for warmth for nearly three weeks while he was lost and alone in the snowy wilderness, authorities said. Gene Penaflor was discovered by hunters on Saturday after 19 days in the Mendocino National Forest in the Coastal Mountain… Read More »

Lead-based underwear for Fukushima protection

A Japanese company has invented carbon wetsuits and lead-based underwear that can protect against radiation amid the growing aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear crisis. It comes as Japan fights to stop the flow of radioactive water leaking into the sea. Three of the Fukushima plant”s nuclear reactors were damaged by an earthquake-triggered tsunami on March… Read More »

Wonder drug and supercharged immune cells offer cancer hope

GENETICALLY “supercharging” immune cells, and combining this with a new wonder drug, offers a new way to boost the body’s cancer defences, Melbourne researchers have found. Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre researchers hope the new treatment combination, tested successfully in animals, will eventually allow cancer patients to be immunised against relapses. The team combined the anti-PD-1… Read More »

Want To Live Longer? Eat More Fruits & Veggies!

The European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition, known as EPIC, is a huge ongoing study involving ten countries. Very recently they published in the American Journal of Epidemiology an analysis of vegetable and fruit consumption as it relates to mortality. We’re probably all aware of the benefits of eating vegetables and fruits, but this… Read More »

Fukushima radiation levels hit 2-year high

Seawater just outside one of Japan”s damaged Fukushima Daiichi reactors registered radiation levels on Wednesday 13 times the previous day”s reading, the operator of the crippled nuclear plant said on Thursday. Japan”s Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), said combined Cesium-134 and Cesium-137 readings just outside the damaged No. 2 reactor jumped to 1,200 becquerels per… Read More »

Pacific Tuna, Salmon and Herring are Fukishima’d

… We’ve extensively documented that radioactivity from Fukushima is spreading to North America. More than a year ago, 15 out of 15 bluefin tuna tested in California waters were contaminated with radioactive cesium from Fukushima. Bluefin tuna are a wide-ranging fish, which can swim back and forth between Japan and North America in a year:… Read More »

Earth to end in 1.7bn years

We’ve got 1.75billion years before the planet becomes uninhabitable for humans, say scientists. That will give our descendants plenty of time to work on the real-life Star Trek technology – and relocate humanity to another planet. It may mean that moving to Mars will be our best chance of survival, according to a study by… Read More »

Prion-like proteins drive several diseases of aging, say leading neurology researchers

Prion-like protein aggregates drive the progression of several neurodegenerative diseases. a. Amyloid-beta plaques in Alzheimers. b. Neurofibrillary tangles (tau) in Alzheimer’s. c. Lewy bodies (alpha-synuclein) in Parkinson’s. d. TDP-43 inclusions in motor neurons in ALS. Many of the brain diseases associated with aging, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, are caused by specific proteins that misfold… Read More »

Fukushima end-game, radiated water has nowhere to go

  Image src: http://collapseofindustrialcivilization.com/tag/freelance-journalist-rob-edwards/ In the weeks after the Fukushima nuclear plant was destroyed by a triple meltdown in March 2011, the plant’s owner turned to three of Japan’s largest construction companies for a quick fix to store radiated water that was pooling in the disaster zone. The result was a rush order for steel… Read More »